By Mark Rowlands
"Everything i do know I discovered From television makes use of characters we know and love and their television worlds to give an explanation for the good questions of philosophy. the one skills you must take part are possession of a settee, a handheld remote control, a feeling of humour and an enquiring brain. The philosophy mentioned is particularly a lot 'life' philosophy, answering the questions all of us need to know: How do you outline what's an exceptional existence to steer? The Simpsons disagree over tips to stay with Nietzsche and Diogenes to be had to take facets. what's genuine happiness? Aristotle fights Descartes for the guts and brain of intercourse and the City's Carrie Bradshaw. Can a superb individual do a foul factor? Kant and Socrates pay a choice on Tony Soprano and his latter-day Mob to speak ethical philosophy. the place does love finish and friendship start? Rachel and Ross ask Plato in regards to the philosophy of feelings and sweetness if they're simply strong pals. Is the pursuit of self-knowledge a superb factor? Socrates is helping Niles and Frasier Crane and their dad take care of the relative advantage of the tested and the unexamined lifestyles. and masses more." —Random residence
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Everything I Know I Learned from TV: Philosophy for the Unrepentant Couch Potato by Mark Rowlands